2014 Stadium Series Los Angeles: LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks Test Ice During Practice – In Photos

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LA Kings right wing Jordan Nolan (left) and goaltender
Jonathan Quick (right) during practice on January 24, 2014,
at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES —The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks got to test Dodger Stadium ice on the eve of the 2014 Stadium Series: Los Angeles, as both teams skated in full practices with photographer David Sheehan there to capture it all.

For comments from Kings forwards Anze Kopitar and Trevor Lewis, along with defenseman Robyn Regher, and remarks from Ducks forwards Dustin Penner, Corey Perry, and Teemu Selanne, check out: 2014 Stadium Series Los Angeles: LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks Test Ice During Practice While Teemu Selanne Takes Time To Enjoy It All

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Anze Kopitar’s Two-Way Play Has Been Key To LA Kings’ Success

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar, shown here during a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the Los Angeles Kings beginning a four-game road trip in Nashville tonight (5:00 PM PST, televised on Fox Sports West in Southern California), and with the news that goaltender Jonathan Quick is on the trip, and is practicing with the team, it appears that he is now within a week or two of returning to the lineup.

When he went down with a grade 2 groin strain—a partial tear—on November 12 at Buffalo, a collective groan could be heard rumbling through Kings Nation. Many expected that the team would struggle to keep their heads above water without their star netminder. Some even thought the Kings would plummet in the standings.

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LA Kings Dwight King Becoming A 15-Goal Scorer May Not Be Far-Fetched At All

Los Angeles Kings left wing Dwight King, shown here at a recent practice.
(click to view a larger image).
Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — It doesn’t take more than a quick spin through the various forums and web sites where the Los Angeles Kings faithful congregate to talk about their favorite team to learn that left wing Dwight King has become this season’s Dustin Penner.

Indeed, Penner, who now plays for the Anaheim Ducks after more than two seasons with the Kings, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2012, was the target of the fans’ ire for just about his entire time with the Kings. But even though the anger level is not what it often was with Penner, King frequently elicits similar reactions, drawing heavy criticism for his play.

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Leaner, Stronger Jordan Nolan Is Looking To Bounce Back In 2013-14 For LA Kings

VIDEO: Includes video interview with Los Angeles Kings right wing Jordan Nolan.


Los Angeles Kings right wing Jordan Nolan
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After coming in as virtual unknowns in early February 2012, right wing Jordan Nolan and left wing Dwight King were huge surprises in the Los Angeles Kings’ 2011-12 run to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Championship in 45 years of existence.

In the abbreviated 2013 National Hockey League season, both players were noticeable once again, but mostly for the wrong reasons.

In Nolan’s case, he was nowhere near the player he was during the Kings’ 2012 Stanley Cup run, when he was tough, physical, skated pretty well for his size, and was very effective on the forecheck.

The reason? He came into the 2013 season with too much weight—235 pounds—on his 6-3 frame.

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LA Kings Losing Scuderi, Richardson Shouldn’t Come As A Surprise

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENCY – DAY 1: After bidding farewell to Rob Scuderi and Brad Richardson, the Los Angeles Kings welcomed defenseman Jeff Schultz to the team, signing him to a one-year deal on Day 1 of unrestricted free agency.


LA Kings newly-acquired
defenseman Jeff Schultz
Photo courtesy National Hockey League

LOS ANGELES — Day 1 of the feeding frenzy in the National Hockey League, otherwise known as unrestricted free agency, ended with what turned out to be a rather expected result for the Los Angeles Kings, who lost veteran, stay-at-home defenseman Rob Scuderi, after he signed a four-year contract valued at $13.5 million with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In the end, family was the deciding factor for the two-time Stanley Cup winner, who will play his second stint with the Penguins, the team he won his first Stanley Cup with in 2009.

“Both [the Kings and the Penguins] have the ability to play deep into the spring,” Scuderi told the media during a conference call. “But Pittsburgh is much closer geographically to where I am from, and I thought at my age, I wasn’t going to get this opportunity again to pull the trigger on something like this.”

Scuderi is a native of Syosset, New York, and has many relatives who reside in New York.

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